Thursday, December 21, 2017

Favorite Five: Books of 2017

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I'm not alone in saying that 2017 was one hell of a year. Despite its many ups and downs, 2017 was a very good year for me in terms of books. I completed my goal of reading 25 books this year and then some (I'm currently at 40?!). And more importantly, I started this blog in September and as a result, I was able to meet and connect with amazing fellow book lovers. Thank you all so much for reading and supporting this little blog. I wasn't in a good place before I started and there are still days that are difficult but I can truly say that this blog has helped me be better. So again, thank you. I can only hope for better things in 2018.

Now after much difficulties in choosing just five books, in no particular order, here are my favorite five books of 2017!

Thursday, December 14, 2017

December TBR

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Can you believe that we're already halfway through December?! It's been crazy hectic at work so I apologize for the lack of posts lately (I am working on them, I swear!). I promise once Christmas is over I'll be back to posting regularly. In the meantime, I figured a casual TBR post is long overdue.

So originally I was going to do a 'Winter TBR' but the number of books I had set aside for that post was so ridiculous that I decided to split them up into a monthly thing. Now onto the books!

Sunday, November 19, 2017

A Skinful Of Shadows By Frances Harding Review

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A Skinful of Shadows by Frances Hardinge
Genre: YA, Historical Fiction, Fantasy, Supernatural
Summary:
"This is the story of a bear-hearted girl . . .
Sometimes, when a person dies, their spirit goes looking for somewhere to hide. 
Some people have space within them, perfect for hiding. 
Twelve-year-old Makepeace has learned to defend herself from the ghosts which try to possess her in the night, desperate for refuge, but one day a dreadful event causes her to drop her guard. 
And now there's a spirit inside her. 
The spirit is wild, brutish and strong, and it may be her only defence when she is sent to live with her father's rich and powerful ancestors. There is talk of civil war, and they need people like her to protect their dark and terrible family secret. 
But as she plans her escape and heads out into a country torn apart by war, Makepeace must decide which is worse: possession – or death."

This book was my ~spooky~ read for the month of October and I'm glad I chose it because A Skinful of Shadows was a delight to read. There are ghosts, family secrets, espionage, and...bears? Oh, my!

Thursday, November 2, 2017

#NonfictionNovember2017 Reads!

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I've got a confession to make...outside of school (and that was more than 4 years ago!) I've never read any nonfiction books. I know, I know! It just never appealed to me as a reader and required school reading certainly didn't help. As you all can see, I love, love, love fantasy and supernatural fiction, and so it seemed like nonfiction is the complete opposite of that: not fun. But after being more active in the book blogging community, I've learned that nonfiction isn't always dry, boring, and miserable. Nonfiction can be engaging, entertaining, and a lot of fun!

So this year I'm participating in #NonfictionNovember2017, a reading challenge created by Olive and Gemma from abookolive and nonficbooks on youtube to get more readers interested in nonfiction!

Monday, October 30, 2017

Graphic Novel Spotlight: The Ancient Magus Bride By Kore Yamazaki

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Graphic Novels, more specifically manga, are near and dear to my heart. They've opened a new world of reading for me. Back in middle school, I saw a shelf full of Sailor Moon manga at my local library and I remember thinking, "My favorite show has a comic book?!" 

Afterwards, I went home and practically devoured the entire series. I knew then I was hooked.

So, why the personal anecdote? Well, when I started this blog I knew I wanted to incorporate graphic novels, but not in the typical review format. So I took inspiration from the youtube makeup community and came up with Graphic Novel Spotlight. Instead of an in-depth review of each novel, I'll be discussing the series as a whole. I'll try to keep it short, sweet, and of course spoiler free, but if I have to address any spoilers they will be labeled as such.

Okay! Now let's finally talk about The Ancient Magus Bride, aka my absolute favorite ongoing manga series of all time.
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